Carla J. Alvarado, PhD

Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement
3124 Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison WIUSA

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Alvarado received her B.S. from Miami University, Oxford, OH; her M.S. in Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a research scientist emerita at U.W. Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and U.W. School of Medicine and Public Health, Office of Continuing Professional Development’s Antimicrobial Resistance Model (ARM) project. Prior to her present position, she was employed as an Infection Control Professional for 19 years at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC). Her publications and research areas include nosocomial infections associated with medical devices, safety culture/safety climate, intensive care and healthcare acquired infections, hand hygiene, work redesign and human factors and ergonomics related to health care. She has served on the national Board of Directors, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), been a member of the American Hospital Association Technical Advisory Panel on Infections in Hospitals, and a member of the Board of Trustees, Research Foundation for Complications Associated with Health Care. She is the 2003 APIC Carole DeMille Award winner, the 2007 APIC Elaine Larson Lectureship recipient and the 2007 William Rutala Award winner. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and past chair of their Healthcare Technical Group.